One of the most self-indulgent things I do is also one of the times I am sharing most with my daughter. At night I read to her, do all the voices, make it as dramatic and wonderful as I can for her and at the same time indulge my latent am-dram side. Stories like The BFG (which we are currently reading) are the best because they require accents which I love to do (in the privacy of my own house where the sheer awfulness of my attempts won’t be revealed!)
The ability to write books that work well aloud is something that gets either ignored or taken for granted. Perhaps all books for 4 – 9 yr olds should undergo a “reading aloud” test. I’d volunteer to take part in that.